This former A-10 Driver has become the First Female F-35 Test Pilot
According to Winiecki having the ability to bring the A-10 mission sets to the 461st FLTS, such as close-air-support, combat search and rescue and forward air controller, is important so the focus is not just on the air-to-air capabilities of the F-35 A routine F-35 flight test mission marked a significant event...
Israeli Air Force leaning towards buying new F-15s instead of a third F-35 Squadron
"We are without a canopy, proceeding for landing at the nearest base," the F-15 pilot says over the radio in a calm voice On Jan. 2, 2019, the crew of an Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-15 fighter jet fought freezing temperatures and buffeting winds to bring their aircraft down after its cockpit...
That time a Peruvian Air Force A-37 mistakenly shot down a Cessna 185 Missionary Plane
The Cessna 185 did not show any suspicious attitude like flying close to the trees. On the contrary, it was at 4,000ft. The A-37Bs did not show up for the pilot so he would know he had been intercepted and given a chance to respond to the communication Alongside Honduras, Peru was...
That Time a B-52 Aircrew Fell Asleep While RTB from a Bomb Run during the Vietnam War
"We were lead aircraft with #2 and #3 echeloned loosely behind us. Looking out my right window, I discovered #2 was slowly drawing abeam. Both #2 aircraft’s pilots were dead-ass asleep, with the plane on autopilot," Jay Lacklen former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying...
U.S. Navy accelerating sunset of C-2 and deployment of CMV-22B
Work is expected to be completed in October 2023 The U.S. Navy has given the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office a $366 million contract for three CMV-22Bs and two MV-22Bs. Work is expected to be completed in October 2023. Noteworthy there are three main...
Bailing Out at Hypersonic Speed: the X-15 Ejection Seat
Because of its hypersonic speed and extreme altitude performance, the X-15 required one of the most complex ejection seats ever put into service The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts...
Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Combat Debut of the B-1B Lancer
In December 1998 the B-1B would get the nod to make its combat debut as part of a four-day military response, Operation Desert Fox, to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein expelling United Nations weapons inspectors out of Iraq December 18, 2018 marked the 20-year anniversary of the first operational combat debut of the B-1B...
Project Top Flight: how the Mighty Phantom II established the New Absolute Altitude record
For Project Top Flight the second prototype (BuNo 142260) of the Phantom II was equipped with water injection and flown by CDR Lawrence E. Flint in a series of twelve ballistic zoom climbs from 50,000ft at maximum power between October and December 1959 The McDonnell two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4 Phantom II, with...
Kamov to develop high-speed helicopter based on the Ka-52 Alligator
The advanced high-speed combat helicopter should develop a maximum speed of more than 400km/h and a cruising speed of more than 360 km/h CEO of Zhukovsky Central Aero-Hydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) Kirill Sypalo told TASS that Kamov’s chief designer Sergei Mikheyev will soon start work on building a high-speed helicopter that is based on the Kamov Ka-52. "Sergei Mikheyev plans to...
Tomcat 4-Libya 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi’s MiG-23s over the Gulf of Sidra on Jan. 4, 1989
After returning to the carrier, both the F-14s received single FLOGGER 'kill' markings above the nose MODEX, although these were removed by the time the jets returned to Oceana on Jan. 31 Jan. 4, 1989 was a historic day for VF-32, and the Tomcat community as a whole, when the F-14 once...

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